So you’ve gotten gifts for your mom, dad, and significant other (and if you haven’t, might we recommend our mom-, dad-, and significant other–themed gift guides), but what about the slightly less exciting people to shop for, like your stepbrother, cousin, and in-laws? We rounded up the best last-minute gifts for these people you’ve put off shopping for.
Your younger sibling who just moved into their first college apartment
Colorful nesting bowls that will set them up in the cooking department.
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Your sister who listens to podcasts while she cooks
A pint-size Bluetooth speaker that won’t take up too much real estate on the counter.
Your nephew who’s really into puzzles
Sleek Chinese mirror cubes for even the most fidgety of hands.
Your landlord who’s also a devoted plant mom
Little plant babies she can stick to her refrigerator.
Your dad who’s an adventurer
For the sailor or diver who always wants to get out on the water when he’s traveling — this dry bag will keep his tech gadgets safe.
Your cousin who just got into design school
A design-y sketchbook that will help the budding illustrator or designer brainstorm ideas.
Your roommate who throws a lot of dinner parties
A kawaii banana-shaped wine stopper to help keep her Chardonnay from going flat.
Your roommate who throws a lot of house parties
This little gadget will let him control the playlist and volume no matter where he’s mingling in the room.
Your brother who works a high-stress job
An acupuncture session might be out of your budget, but these colorful little stress balls are a cheaper way to show your support.
Your niece who loves game nights
Jenga for creative kids.
Your foodie brother who loves cooking stir-fry
That will help him grasp at hard-to-clutch items like noodles. (These metal chopsticks beloved by writer Maxine Builder are also a nice option.)
Your friend who never fails to tag you in a meme
The new meme party game from the creators of Fuck Jerry that would make an addictive best-friend gift.
Your friend whose dog has its own Instagram
A small kingdom for a pet-celebrity-in-training.
Your roommate who has a teething puppy
This cute artichoke-shaped chew-toy will help prevent their pup from driving you crazy.
Your very new boyfriend or girlfriend’s mother
There is something just a little too intimate about a bath product for a woman you truly do not know (and may never see again), but you can’t go wrong with a Champagne-scented festive candle from Jonathan Adler. (Here’s another fail-proof candle we love.)
Your mother-in-law who says she doesn’t want anything
Introduce your martyr of a mother-in-law to the joys of a shea-butter, jasmine-scented L’Occitane lotion.
Your 13-year-old stepbrother who won’t shut up about “The Last Jedi”
A collectible bobblehead that would make a great desk accessory.
Your arty aunt
Our managing editor loves her Magritte-inspired sky umbrella, and has gifted it countless times (to much success).
Your cousin who likes to cook
For the home cook who’s always adding more sriracha to their food, get them this Thai cookbook that comes recommended by author Andrea Nguyen as one of the best new cookbooks for foodies.
Your relatives hosting you for the weekend in the middle of nowhere
Boggle: a gift for them, and a gift for you; so you can play this instead of having to talk to one another!
Your office Secret Santa
Even if you don’t know too much about the colleague in question, everyone could use an extra washable bag to schlep home their stuff — this one’s a fun print for running errands with and would fall under most Secret Santa price limits.
Your sullen father-in-law
So he can spend the holidays not talking to anyone, tucked into the Boss’s memoir, a new(er) rock autobiography featuring one of New York’s December cover stars. (For more of the year’s best and most giftable books, click here and here.)
Your sullen father-in-law into tools
An easy-to-use laser tape measure for the person who likes to tinker.
Your cousin who just visited you in New York
Remember the bad deli coffee you got together near Times Square with this ceramic “We Are Happy to Serve You” cup that they can store their pens in.
Note: This one may not arrive in time for Christmas, but the three-ounce version will.
Your bro-y brother who is not a vegetarian
He doesn’t have to know this beef jerky is GMO-free, MSG-free, and sugar-free. It comes in three flavors: smoke, honey, and fire.
Your sister-in-law’s 1-year-old
A child psychologist told us that these magnetic Tegu blocks are “a really good way to promote early STEM and math skills.” (For more of the best 1-year-old gifts, click here.)
Note: This set may not arrive before Christmas, but Tegu’s natural-wood block sets will.
Your sister-in-law’s 3-year-old
Nothing cuter than a sliceable plush water melon.
Your Italian grandmother
Culty Sicilian olive oil from the owners of New York mini-chain Frankies. (For more gifts she might like, click here.)
Your brother or sister’s hip girlfriend
An under-the-radar organic cleanser that smells a little earthy and will look great in any bathroom.
Your sister or brother’s hip boyfriend
All the shoe-cleaning tools needed to waterproof a pair of pristine Common Projects sneakers or pricey leather boots.
Your aunt about to go on a cruise
Have her pack this theftproof wallet, with more pockets and slots than she’ll ever need.
Your new girlfriend who said she didn’t want anything
You should still get her a little token anyway — like this romantic (but playful) Lego rose.
Your cousin who stalks the Skin-Care Addiction Reddit
A delightful Cool Whip–esque cleanser from Korean beauty brand Nooni.
Your 16-year-old brother
So he can skulk off with his friends and play ping-pong in the basement.
Your 11-year-old brother
A smartphone-controlled paper airplane (that’ll get him out of the house).
Your cousin who’s about to do a semester abroad
This packable Herschel Supply Co. backpack smooshes down to the size of an iPhone. See other travel accessories that frequent travelers love here.
Your goofy uncle
He’ll get a kick out of this space pen (which can write at any angle and at any temperature).
Your sister who likes a stiff drink
Spirits and cocktail writer Lou Bustamante tipped us off to insulated wine flasks that you can fill with your favorite wine or chilled cocktail and take with you to picnics or the beach. His Hydro Flask recommendation is sold out, but this one’s a nice substitution.
Your sister into wellness
A colorful meditation cushion for the person who’s always trying to feel more Zen, one that makes a good floor pillow.
Your relative you want to spend no more than $5 on
A multi-tool (it’s a bottle opener, ruler, box cutter, carabiner, and flat-head screwdriver) that doubles as a key chain.
Your sister’s college roommate who you have absolutely zero salient facts about
There is no one who couldn’t use a little extra juice for her phone. (It can provide the equivalent of two to three full charges, and comes in a rainbow of fun colors.)
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